Transformers: The Last Knight
review by Bobby Blakey
Love them or hate them there is no denying that the Transformers film franchise is massive. I have actually enjoyed all of the films up to date despite some issues, but I know and completely understand why others have not. The latest entry, Transformers: The Last Knight is a direct sequel to 2014s Transformers: Age of Extinction with Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci returning as well as Josh Duhamel and John Turturro from the original trilogy returning as well in addition to Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Ken Watanabe and John Goodman back to lend their voices. Could this latest adventure of the robots in disguise step things up to another level or will it fail to transform?
Transformers: The Last Knight follows Optimus Prime who finds his home planet, Cybertron, now a dead planet, that he was responsible for killing and finds a way to bring the planet back to life, but in order to do so, he needs to find an artifact, which is on Earth. I was really digging the idea of all the history showcased in the trailer for this latest and it does a cool job of bringing the characters full circle and linked to history in a fun way. Sadly the rest of the film is all over the place and just feels off for most of the time offering up both good and bad to the finished product. I like Mark Wahlberg in just about everything, but at times he feels out of place in this franchise and I don’t really know why. This time around he is given some lighter material to work with at times, but it still just doesn’t always work. The rest of the cast do fine as well, but none of them feel fully invested in this entry including the usually awesome Peter Cullen who voices Prime. During his first sequence the voice sounds off and for a moment I thought it was someone new doing the voice.
Prime gets very little screen time this time around which will suck for those hardcore Prime fans, but it does give the rest of the Transformers to get more time to banter with each other. I did enjoy getting to see them have more character moments of just hanging out and talking as opposed to just blowing things up all the time, but have no fear there is plenty of that here as well. One of the biggest draws to this films is the over the top action of the Transformers and there is plenty of that here. Pretty much all of them get their moment to shine and it is always cool to see them in action, but there is nothing really new here that they haven’t done numerous times already in the series. This is where they kind of lost it on the momentum of what they have been seemingly trying to do. This film has a lot of moments and things happening that aren’t explained all that well that will leave come confused. Where these characters are when the film begins feels like we stepped way into the future from the last film and isn’t all that clear about some of it. It’s not hard to follow or figure out, but it felt like a rushed attempt to do something different this time around. There are a lot of elements of the story that bring characters together or offer up scenarios that are rushed or forced making it predictable and never all that exciting to watch outside of the action.
I hate saying there are unbelievable moments in films like this because of the obvious insane subject matter, but it felt like everyone here was impervious to harm. There are some ridiculous moments that include Wahlberg skipping across flying drones that is just silly looking, but for me it was the amount of time they are thrown from vehicles or fall from heights that would easily break something on you yet they all always come away with minor scratches. I am all for unbelievable action, but there has to be some realism tossed in for good measure or it takes the threat to the characters away all together.
I didn’t hate this movie thanks to my love of just seeing the Transformers blow crap up and kick each other’s butts, but it my least favorite of the franchise. If you are one of those that already hate the others then you will likely hate this one just as much if not more. The hardcore fans might find more to love especially since there is a lot more screen time for the Dinobots despite it being silly.
This release not only includes the film but also bonus content including featurettes that take you further behind bringing this latest installment to the big screen. Join the fight to save the world once again when Transformers: The Last Knight on Digital HD September 12th and then on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on September 26th as well as an all-new 5-Movie Blu-ray Collection from Paramount Home Entertainment.